August 28, 2006 Two notable anniversaries mean two weeks of highly predictable media frenzy are upon us. Many days of remembering Hurricane Katrina will give way to even more days of recalling the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. However tempting it may be now to call 9/11 the president's finest moment -- and Katrina the opposite -- history may well reverse both judgments.
August 28, 2006 President Bush returns to the Gulf Coast on Monday to survey the rebuilding efforts one year after Hurricane Katrina devastated New Orleans and other coastal cities in Mississippi and Alabama.
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August 15, 2006 As the fifth anniversary of the Sept.11 attacks nears, many people are wondering how effective the U.S.-led response has been in making another attack less likely.
August 8, 2006 What do Democrats, Republicans, Independents and NPR's Brian Naylor all share in common? They're watching the primaries today in Connecticut, to see if disgruntled Democrats toss out the man who almost became the nation's vice president: Sen. Joseph Lieberman. Voters either seem to love him and praise him for having the courage to side with Republicans when he thinks they're right, or voters detest him for allegedly being a hypocrite and a whiner. Meanwhile, a new poll is sure to make Republicans across the whole country more nervous. An ABC News/Washington Post survey released yesterday evening suggests that more voters are fed up their current members of Congress than at any time since 1994. And remember what happened back then? Democrats out in the House, Republicans back in? This new poll reinforces the even scarier findings (scary if you're a Republican) of NPR's own survey a couple weeks ago. It found that key districts which went Republican last time around have flip-flopped and are now leaning Democratic. "What is surprising," says Ron Elving, our Washington editor, "is that the 2006 Democratic candidates were favored by an aggregate of six percentage points." Ron says that's an 18-point swing -- in other words, a big deal.
August 7, 2006 For weeks now, the Bush administration has resisted calls for an immediate cease-fire in Southern Lebanon, urging instead that the warring parties and their sponsors negotiate "a durable peace." More recently, they embraced a "cessation of hostilities." Now, they want to address the "root causes" of the conflict.
August 7, 2006 President Bush says a joint U.S. and French cease-fire resolution is the best route to end fighting between Israel and the militant group Hezbollah in Lebanon. The U.N. Security Council is currently considering that resolution, which Bush says will help restore Lebanon's sovereignty.
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July 31, 2006 Republicans in the Senate are expected to vote this week to raise the minimum wage by two bucks an hour, but they probably won't succeed because most of the Democrats will be voting no. What's wrong with this picture? Could the two parties have swapped positions on it overnight?
July 31, 2006 President Bush spoke to Florida business leaders about the U.S. economy Monday morning in the wake of a House vote to raise the minimum wage and cut estate taxes. NPR senior Washington, D.C., editor Ron Elving talks with Madeleine Brand about the issues the president has not been talking about in recent days.
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July 30, 2006 Host Liane Hansen speaks with political editor Ron Elving about this week's political news. Topics include pension reform, a new minimum-wage package and the meeting between President Bush and British Prime Minister Tony Blair earlier this week.
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July 24, 2006 Overnight, the president's nomination of John Bolton as ambassador to the United Nations relit the partisan fires in the Senate. Democrats sputtered to life after spending the months since November more or less in mourning.
July 24, 2006 This week, the Senate Foreign Relations Committee is set review John Bolton's nomination to serve a full term as U.S. ambassador to the United Nations. President Bush used what is known as a recess appointment to bypass a Senate vote and install Bolton as ambassador nearly one year ago.
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July 17, 2006 The old poker adage in for a dime, in for a dollar suggests that a hand good enough to bet on is good enough to keep betting on. For Republicans, there's been one hand good enough to keep betting on, and that's national security.
July 17, 2006 President Bush is on his way back from the latest G-8 summit, where discussion was dominated by the growing crisis in the Middle East. The strife between Hezbollah and Israel is already having an impact on domestic U.S. politics.
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July 16, 2006 The ongoing conflict in Lebanon, Israel and Gaza will have effects far beyond the Middle East. Guest host Sheilah Kast talks with NPR Senior Washington Editor Ron Elving about what recent events might mean for U.S. foreign policy.
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July 11, 2006 How do you make a small fortune in a tough business? Start out with a large one. It's an old joke, but one with recurring relevance. Take the current White House spin on the deficit, for example. What's the surest way to make a $300 billion deficit sound like good news? Tell people it could've been more than $400 billion.
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